Bridge Road Fat Man Red Suit Big Sack

Reviewed by on December 10, 2014 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bridge Road Brewers

  • Origin: Beechworth, AU

  • Rated On: December 6, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Amber Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Bridge Road is a craft brewery situated in Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, a town a few hundred miles inland from Melbourne.  I can’t imagine that they get a lot of typical winter weather there, but they do seem to possess the spirit of the season, and ‘Fat Man Red Suit Big Sack’ is a great name for a Christmas brew.

This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, medium orange brick amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, loosely foamy, and broadly bubbly beige head, which leaves some rather large swaths of chunky lace around the glass as this puppy exhibits a stellar and stubborn retention.

It smells of pungent ripe citrus (blood orange, Texas red grapefruit, and kiwi), further tropical fruit (guava, mango, and gooseberries), bready caramel malt, biscuity toffee, and more floral, grassy, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a somewhat lessened mixed domestic and tropical fruitiness (pick and choose from the various notes in the aroma, and you get it), a minor stoney flintiness, and equally stabilized leafy, earthy, and floral hops. The bubbles are pretty heady and peppy in their assertive frothy and fizzy flip-flopping, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and not really smooth, unless you’re the sort to discount a hovering hop and alcohol astringency. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the caramel malt not yet ready to give up the ghost, but certainly still being torn asunder in its raging against the dying of the light.

A decently hoppy red ale, with an extra kick to the liver of the 15-proof booze, which, while not totally integrated, does well enough to mind its manners. Tasty, and an agreeably non-standard style (other than possessing the word ‘red’) for a Christmas seasonal offering. Fat Man Red Suit Big Sack Rad Brew.

Brady White

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